The Electricity Storage Association has signed agreements to work with industry groups in three states--California, New York and Texas. The California Energy Storage Alliance, New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium and Texas Energy Storage Alliance were formed by companies operating in their respective states joining together to accomplish mutually beneficial policy goals at the state level.
"ESA is excited to link arms with those who can make real progress in the states," said Brad Roberts, Executive Director of ESA. "ESA focuses primarily on the federal sector but needs to make inroads in states; these organizations are perfect leverage points." Judith Judson, Chairperson of the ESA's Advocacy Council, agrees. "Our advocacy efforts will be enhanced substantially by partnerships with state organizations. Some of the largest energy storage projects are being developed and operated in New York, California and Texas."
Janice Lin, executive director of CESA, believes that California can be a model for other states and federally. "California is off to a great start in energy storage legislation and policy. We look forward to sharing lessons learned as we work with ESA to develop federal policy that can move this important emerging market," stated Lin.
Suzi McClellan of TESA sees the Texas electric market as providing an interesting opportunity for energy storage. "ERCOT is really an island system with a high penetration of wind generation. The energy storage projects being planned here will provide a great way to showcase the benefits of energy storage. As we work to integrate storage resources into our market, we hope other states are able to learn from our efforts."